Back for another brief outing, Sport Britain takes a look at the best results from yesterday and reminds this fine world what a strong country Great Britain is. Of course, there’s also a few crushing losses, but you can’t win them all, right?
Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny continue to lead the field on the penultimate day of the Six Days of Rotterdam event in the Netherlands. Taking part in the Grand Sprint Masters competition, the two gold medal-winning Olympians have been squaring up to Grégory Baugé of France and home favourite Teun Mulder for five days but it’s our champions that have been throwing down the marker. Yesterday was no different, as Hoy finished the day top again, although Kenny bridged the gap with one day’s racing to go. Hoy teamed up with Baugé to beat Kenny and Mulder in the team sprint, but Kenny bounced right back with a narrow win in the 200m. Hoy was well beaten in the sprint before coming back to lead a British one-two in the keirin.
Everton made sure they weren’t the latest side to suffer from a giant-killing in the FA Cup by confidently disposing of Cheltenham Town with a 5-1 away win. Nikica Jelavic opened the scoring on the twelfth minute before a controversial penalty from Leighton Baines effectively ended the match very early on. Leon Osman made it three, but Cheltenham’s Russell Penn showed they were no pushovers to make it 3-1. Still, it was Everton’s night with further goals from Seamus Coleman and Marouane Fellaini securing the rout.
The first group of snooker’s Championship League began yesterday, with a place in the Premier League up for grabs. Two century breaks from UK Championship runner-up Shaun Murphy were not enough to stop him from losing 75% of his games, placing rock-bottom of the 7-man group. In contrast, John Higgins‘ two centuries complimented his three straight wins to put him above Mark Davis in the standings. A mixed day for Ali Carter and Martin Gould put them above Judd Trump and Matthew Stevens, although the latter two have a game in hand.
England’s cricket team suffered a humbling loss to the India A side in a warm-up game for the upcoming ODI series. Subjected to poor conditions, the shortened match was won by the home team by 53 runs for a score of 224-4. England could only muster 175 in comparison, with Ian Bell grabbing 91 of them.
Ian Poulter is the only Brit competing in the first PGA Tour event of the season, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, but severe winds have delayed the finish and shortened it to a 54 hole game. Poulter lies 14th in the 30 man leadboard with a score of -1 after a poor second round.
In other news, Colin Fleming kicked off the Heineken Cup doubles competition alongside Brazilian Bruno Soares by beating Daniel King-Turner and Michael Venus of New Zealand in a tough encounter. BDO World Darts Championships favourite Scott Waites made light work of Dutchman Willy Van de Wiel with a straight sets win, although Tony Eccles wasn’t so lucky against Belgium’s Geert de Vos. Jai Geyer was the only Brit to finish both runs on the French mountains of Morzine Avoriaz, with the skiier finishing 17th out of 60.
Both of England’s junior curling teams crashed out at the group stages of the European Curling Challenge. The women’s team were close to making the semis but a 6-3 loss to Turkey stumped them, particularly a crushing 3-0 defeat in the fifth end. The men lost their final group game 6-7 to the Netherlands. Ian Macarthur was Britain’s strongest performer in the World Gliding Championships, lying in ninth in the Club Class competition after one round. Jez Hood leads our standard class flyers in sixth. In the similar Hang Gliding Championships, the British team are seventh thanks to strong flights from Gordon Rigg, Anthony Stephens and Grant Crossingham. Kathleen Rigg is fourth out of seven in the women’s competition.